U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
|Release Date: 07/25/12|
BLM Releases Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse Ecosanctuary Environmental Assessment
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is launching a public comment period on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed wild horse ecosanctuary on the Deerwood Ranch, approximately 30 miles west of Laramie, Wyo.
Located in the Centennial Valley, the 4,000-acre, family-owned Deerwood Ranch has applied to provide long-term, humane care for up to 300 excess wild horses gathered from Western public rangelands. Public lands are not included in this proposal.
The EA analyzes the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative and is available by visiting the BLM website at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/ecosanctuary.html.
If the proposal is approved, the BLM would sponsor the ecosanctuary at a funding level comparable to what the Bureau pays for the care of excess wild horses on long-term pastures in the Midwest. The partnership agreement would contain an ecotourism component which would defray costs for operating the sanctuary and save taxpayer dollars through fundraising.
Public comments are most useful when they are specific, cite additional relevant issues, and/or determine the extent of those issues. To be considered in the EA, comments must be in writing and received by Aug. 24. Fax, e-mail, mail, or hand-deliver substantive comments during regular business hours (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) to:
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Rawlins Field Office 1300 N. Third Street Rawlins, WY 82301
|Last updated: 07-25-2012|
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